Codeacademy is offering discounted membership pricing to college students for the first time — sign up now and receive an additional 20% off

Codeacademy is offering discounted membership pricing to college students for the first time — sign up now and receive an additional 20% off
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  • Codecademy, a popular e-learning website focused on coding, just launched its first student membership for eligible college students.
  • The cheaper Student Pro membership is just $150 per year and provides the same access as the full-priced Codecademy Pro, which typically costs $240 per year.
  • The program includes step-by-step guidance, peer support, additional study materials to improve retention, and real-world projects.
  • Use promo code "LEARNFORLESS" now through September 23 to get an additional 20% off any annual Pro membership, including the Student membership.

Codecademy, an online learning website that began as a Columbia University programming club, now helps a reported 45 million people learn how to code.

As many students enter mass online learning this fall, the company also released its first — and cheaper than average — student membership. Priced at just $150 per year, the annual membership gives students access to all the regular Codecademy Pro membership features for far cheaper than the typical price of $240.

And, until September 23, you can take an additional 20% off with the code "LEARNFORLESS" at checkout — making it half the cost of the regular Pro membership.


By enrolling, students will be able to access useful resources that can lead to high-growth career opportunities and receive extra support in their learning from a company that has been studying and honing online learning for years.

Here's everything you should know about how the Codeacademy Pro student membership works, what to expect, who's eligible, and where you'll find the strongest value.

How much is the Codecademy Pro Student membership?

Eligible college students may now fully access Codecademy Pro for $150 per year rather than the regular price of $240 per year.

Who is eligible for the Pro Student discount?

To be eligible for a Pro Student membership, you must be enrolled as a student at a degree-granting college or university. According to the company, this may include postgraduate or professional development students.

Codecademy verifies your status using SheerID, a third-party verification service, so you may be asked to upload a school-issued document like a school ID card with an expiration date or your class schedule.


Your eligibility will be re-verified each year upon membership renewal, and each student has a maximum of four years of eligibility.

What features come with a Pro membership?

Users can enroll in 180 interactive basic Codecademy courses for free, but Pro grants them access to 1,800 courses with useful features such as step-by-step guidance, peer support, and real-world projects.

Pro's additional practice materials are also designed to work in tandem with the lessons to improve retention. Pro also includes Skill Paths ("Build Websites with HTML, CSS, and GitHub") and Career Paths ("Data Science") that guide a learner's professional development.

And while there are entirely free coding resources online, free options typically lack the engaging, game-like design and structure that makes Codecademy both an effective and paid learning tool.

You can learn more about how price, curation, and interaction are some of the company's best selling points here.


Does Codecademy have other free resources for students?

As part of the new student support campaign, Codecademy is also offering free access to its online coding courses for high school teachers and their classes through a new partnership with Clever, a catalog of digital ed-tech resources.

College students may also join or create locally-led "community chapters" with other students online, or while socially distanced in-person, to replicate the motivation and connection typically provided by traditional learning.

Student-centered initiatives are not necessarily new for the company. In the early days of the pandemic, Codecademy reportedly donated 200,000 Pro scholarships — 100,000 to students and 100,000 to impacted workers — and created a free day of Online Learning with partners like Food52 to teach four-ingredient recipes, and rolled out a series of forums on skills like how to interview remotely.

Who uses Codecademy?

According to co-founder and CEO Zach Sims, Codeacademy's 45 million users are primarily aged 18-35, and most of them are looking to advance in their careers or build a new skill.

But, the content could suit students as young as 14.


Why do people like using Codecademy?

It's interactive, pretty cheap (especially now for students), and curated by an in-house team of a few dozen experts, primarily software engineers or third-party creators.

Altogether, it's an engaging and coherent learning experience that feels like a game more often than a Zoom classroom. You can read more about it here.